PlayStation Worldwide Studios Head Shawn Layden Departs Sony

PlayStation Worldwide Studios Head Shawn Layden Departs Sony

The chairman is moving on from Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios is moving on from the company. Announced via via social media by PlayStation, the Sony head will be leaving after several decades with the console developer.

"It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE," reads the announcement. "His visionary leadership will be greatly missed. We wish him success in future endeavors and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything, Shawn!"

His tenure at Sony spans several decades, working as a Tokyo-based producer, vice president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, and president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. He eventually ascended the ranks of PlayStation, working as president of the company until April 2016, when he became chairman of Worldwide Studios.

Layden has been the face of Sony at many events including E3, and even took the stage alongside Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aimé and Microsoft's Phil Spencer at the 2018 Game Awards as a celebration of gaming.

Layden has yet to make a public statement on social media on where he'll be going or what he'll be doing next. We'll update this story as more develops.

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